MASc position on optimization of structures

Optimization of complex structures is of paramount importance in marine, civil and other industries. It enables automatic search for optimum (cost, weight, safety, etc.) and can provide designer with valuable insights to the problem, saving time and money. However, the existing optimization algorithms either do not work for these problems or are not fast enough […]

Vancouver, Canada 40 hours per week Salary: £908 01-09-2017

To apply email Jasmin Jelovica at jjelovica@mech.ubc.ca

Optimization of complex structures is of paramount importance in marine, civil and other industries. It enables automatic search for optimum (cost, weight, safety, etc.) and can provide designer with valuable insights to the problem, saving time and money. However, the existing optimization algorithms either do not work for these problems or are not fast enough in many design processes.

This 2-year research project aims to develop new approaches to accelerate optimization using evolutionary algorithms. This is a continuation of an earlier work on the same topic. Genetic algorithm and particle swarm algorithm will be used. Ship structures will be optimized considering typical failure criteria from design codes: yielding and buckling of columns and plates. Depending on your background, this can be extended to civil structures as well.

University of British Columbia is searching for a student with completed undergraduate degree that provides understanding of structural mechanics and basic programming. Knowledge of marine structures will be important for this project, so you either took already courses on naval architecture or are willing to do so within this project. Familiarity with finite element method and tools (e.g. Ansys or Abaqus) will be considered an asset.

If interested, please send your CV and study transcripts to Jasmin Jelovica (jjelovica@mech.ubc.ca). Variety of useful information about the degree can be found on the websites of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering departments at UBC. Salary is sufficient to cover the living and studying expenses at UBC.

The stiped is 23 000 CAD per year minus the tuition, which comes to about 1500 CAD net per month.